TTT: Meeting Authors

The perks to living near and working in New York City is that it’s not very difficult to make your way to an author signing. For the most part, Books of Wonder does a fabulous job hosting authors I’ve always wanted to meet, and often I do head on over there to grab a book I’m interested in and get them signed. Not to mention the fact that if singular book signings are missed, there’s also NYC Comic Con, which hosts several publishing houses that tend to encapsulate numerous authors in a given day. And then, wonder of wonders, BookCon and BookExpo are back this year in New York! So yeah, lots of authors to meet, little time to do so!

I’ve been lucky, and I’ve met many authors I had been dying to meet. That said, there are still many other authors on my bucket list of authors, and it’s difficult enough to narrow them down, since I love meeting and seeing authors in a panel. That said, here’s my current top ten of authors I’d love to meet:

Top Ten Authors I Would Love To Meet

Laini Taylor (BlackbringerDaughter of Smoke and BoneLips Touch: Three Times)

Patricia Briggs (Mercy Thompson series, Alpha and Omega series)

Neil Gaiman (Neverwhere, StardustSandman series, American Gods)

Kristin Cashore (GracelingFireBitterblue)

Juliet Marillier (Wildwood DancingCybele’s SecretDaughter of the Forest)

Tamora Pierce (Song of the Lioness quartetImmortals series, just about everything from Tortall)

Robin McKinley (Hero and the Crown, Deerskin, Beauty, The Blue Sword)

Marissa Meyer (The Lunar Chronicles series)

Brandon Sanderson (Mistborn trilogy, Stormlight ArchiveSteelheart)

Gail Carriger (Parasol Protectorate series)

How about you? Are there authors you’d LOVE to meet but haven’t yet?

Of Book Hauls and Signings

I shall keep this post sweet and short, because honestly all I want to do this morning is play Final Fantasy XV and read A Conjuring of Light (but let’s face it, I’m probably doing neither because I have lesson plans to write and papers to grade *sobs*).

Last week and the week before I was lucky enough to attend two book signings at my favorite book shop! Of course, this meant a breakage in the bank, but OMG my haul is pretty lovely. And the authors were fantabulous.

From the Tor side of things…

So um. A Conjuring of Light came out late February, and obviously the first thing I was thinking was: “WHEN IS SCHWAB COMING TO TOWN AND I CANNOT WAIT TO GET MY HANDS ON THIS BOOK.” The lines for Schwab were absolutely ridiculous that I was getting paranoid about making it on time. Thankfully, I managed to dash out of work without having to inflict any physical injury on other persons on my way there, hah.

Seriously, you guys, I’m 300 pages into ACOL and LOVING IT. I mean…I totally cried at least once already. Maybe twice. And I totally squeed several times already. And yelled at characters to get a room (an advice they seemed to have heeded occasionally *COUGHSQUEECOUGH*) because my god that tension. And and and…oh god, okay, I’ll review this at some point.

Also! I had been oggling Truthwitch for ages, and borrowed a library copy to read prior to Dennard showing up at Books of Wonder. Unfortunately, the reading didn’t happen on time, but I decided I wanted a copy of at least the first book anyway, because hell, I’ve bought books in the past that I don’t plan on reading at all, and honestly, I feel like I’d actually like Truthwitch. Susan Dennard should totally be my friend. Not only is she a Dragon Age fan, but like Schwab, she’s also an Avatar: The Last Airbender fan. She’s ALSO a Zutara fan. (YES SOMEONE I KNOW IN PERSON IS A ZUTARA FAN, I MEAN, WHAT.)

Not pictured, but I also got a signed copy of Goldenhand by Garth Nix, because I mean, let’s complete that signed Abhorsen hardcover collection I have sitting prettily on my shelf. No, really, though, I do want to read this next book. Eventually.

God, I just love authors.

From the Penguin side of things…

Let’s be honest here, I was totally hoping Flame in the Mist galleys would be thrown at the audience during this tour, but hell, there was a stellar set of ladies kicking off their tours, and I’ve been meaning to get Rebel of the Sands for the longest time. Alwyn Hamilton’s sequel also came out, but I opted to get just the first book for now. Lesley Livingston’s The Valiant also caught my eye because um, hello, princess-turned-gladiator? Yaaaaaas. Livingston herself was such a dork, I loved her.

AND I AM A LITTLE JEALOUS of the girl who actually DID get an ARC of Flame in the Mist from Renee Ahdieh. But omgah, Ahdieh was awesome enough to let me take some swag and a signed poster! I cannot wait to Food and Fandomize Ahdieh’s next book…though I am still trying to figure out the best opportunity to make myself a full-blown Persian meal…

Book-Haul: Schwabfest

So This Savage Song came out this week, and Victoria Schwab happened to be in the neighborhood. I found this out a couple months back, so naturally I was SO READY to head on over to Books of Wonder for a signing. Which means accumulating my own personal collection of Schwabbooks.

And aren’t they lovely?

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Alright. So These Vicious Masks isn’t a Schwab book, but I just felt like throwing that in there because I’d bought it at BoW when I purchased This Savage Song.

I’ve already read A Darker Shade of Magic and A Gathering of Shadows (and frigging loved them), so for now I’ve only got Vicious and TSS to contend with. While I cannot wait to read TSS, I plan to get through Vicious first, only because I’ve been reading through a ton of YA lately.

Also, HOW AWESOME IS THIS KELL BODY PILLOW AND WHERE I CAN I GET ONE.

Stacking the Shelves: No. 12

Yep. I’ve pretty much blown my book budget for the next few months. Here’s to me AVOIDING any more purchases…until July.

Because the Schwab books are obviously calling to me…real loudly.

But I won’t dwell on that right now. Nope.

Stacking the Shelves

We are all book lovers and the need to share our enthusiasm is sometimes overwhelming. Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!

If you’re anything like me, you are probably hoarding books and even though you are excited about your latest book arrival, it might be a while before you get to review it and Stacking The Shelves is a good way to express your undying enthusiasm for those titles!

For more information, click here.

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Purchases

Mind, a bunch of these purchases did not entirely occur over the course of the week. They did, however, happen over the course of the month. I’m almost disgusted by my disability to say no to book event awesomeness and Book Outlet deals. #noselfcontrol

The Girl who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente

The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski (slightly bummed that I forgot to take this copy to Marie for signing)

Stars Above by Marissa Meyer (yaaaaay more Lunar Chronicles stuff!)

Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch (the hardcover deal on Book Outlet tho…)

Mass Effect: Homeworlds by Mac Walters, Patrick Weekes, John Dombrow, and Sylvia Feketekuty (honestly I got this particular volume because of one turian’s story arc…)

And then I went to a book signing for Fantastic Teen Fiction at Books of Wonder. That pretty much killed my budget entirely, lol!

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It was fun, though! The ladies were a hoot and a half and delivered anecdotes that made me laugh and smile super-widely. No regrets there.

The Wrath & the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

The Rose & the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh

The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi

Library Borrows

Deadman Wonderland Vol. 2 by Jinsei Kataoka

Deadman Wonderland Vol. 3 by Jinsei Kataoka

Deadman Wonderland Vol. 4 by Jinsei Kataoka

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell (because more Rowell please!)

E-Books

Secrets in the Snow by Michaela MacColl

The Looking Glass Wars: Crossfire by Frank Beddor, Curtis Clark, and Sami Makkonen

The Assassin Game by Kirsty McKay

A Promise of Fire by Amanda Bouchet

Blood of the Earth by Faith Hunter

Because I’m totally not behind on reviews as is…

Anyway. Until July?

 

Stacking the Shelves: No. 4

NO SELF-CONTROL. That is how I managed to get myself into the mess of adding more books to my pile. That and the fact that Books of Wonder was holding another author event; after missing BEA (both Armchair BEA and the actual BEA–especially when I work SMACK DAB IN THE MIDDLE OF NYC), I needed my book-fix and I had to take it elsewhere or I would be miserable for the entire weekend. This is totally me justifying my lack of self-control, by the way.

Stacking the Shelves

We are all book lovers and the need to share our enthusiasm is sometimes overwhelming. Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!

If you’re anything like me, you are probably hoarding books and even though you are excited about your latest book arrival, it might be a while before you get to review it and Stacking The Shelves is a good way to express your undying enthusiasm for those titles!

For more information, click here.

Hard Copy Acquisitions

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It may have been a string of luck, coincidence, and grievance that brought me to check in on Books of Wonder an hour before their Friday event, “Fantastic Teen Fiction.” Some of the authors already piqued my interest, though admittedly, it was Rae Carson’s name that prompted me to stay. I thought about buying just the first book to satisfy my curiosity. Then I felt weird just getting The Girl of Fire and Thorns when they were highlighting The Bitter Kingdom, and then I felt weird about getting just the third book when I didn’t have TGoFaT and The Crown of Embers. So. Naturally, I wound up getting all three.

This is less of a splurge than I did with the Garth Nix books, but still, no less awesome. I started reading the first few pages of The Girl of Fire and Thorns while I waited and already I’m appreciating how much she put into the world. I am certainly looking forward to reading all three fantasy books. And to the kissing. And hijinks.

Library Borrows

Glory in Death by J.D. Robb – Had to get my fix in for this type of book somewhere!

The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss – I started the book a bit, but it’s currently taken a back-burner to Novik’s Uprooted.

e-ARCs

A Whole New World by Liz Braswell

Serafina and the Black Cloak by Robert Beatty

Gotham Academy Vol. 1: Welcome to Gotham Academy by Becky Cloonan, Brendan Fletcher